2015 Elephant Hill Tempranillo Rosé Hawke's Bay

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A unique little rosé made from the Spanish grape Tempranillo (plus a dash of Syrah). This grape flourishes in Hawke's Bay's moderately warm climate and dry, stony soils. It shows exotic spice, tangerine peel and lemon verbena notes. It is dry and zesty on the palate with crunchy berry fruits and plenty of stony minerals. Great persistence and mouthwatering acidity that keeps you coming back for another sip. Just a few hundred cases made in total, we got just 30 cases. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ wine buyer)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2016 | Send Email
Complex rose. Lots of ground spice and peppercorn on the nose. Spiced orange peel, watermelon, strawberry leaf. Dry, very mineral and long on the palate. Super intriguing wine that keeps you going back for another taste.

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Tempranillo

- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.
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New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13